If the trailers (see: the Japanese-subtitled clip above) for Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman are indeed representative of the final product, then this could be one grand, Gothic fairy tale-turned fantasy epic. SWATH will at least be worlds apart from the Twilight knockoff we were concerned it could be, way back when Viggo Mortensen passed on the Huntsman role - and was eventually replaced by Chris Hemsworth.
SWATH director Rupert Sanders and his production team have certainly conjured up some deliciously macabre imagery so far - especially when it concerns Charlize Theron as the ferocious Queen Ravenna. Every appearance she's made in the Snow White footage unveiled to date has proven memorable, to say the least.
In fact, between Hemsworth as the Huntsman, Theron as the Evil Queen, and Kristen Stewart as Snow White, there's been little room to spare for additional characters from SWATH to make more than brief appearances in the film's previews. That changes a bit today, with a new "Roll Call" TV spot that also calls attention to pivotal side players like Prince William (Sam Claflin) and the seven dwarfs (played by such character actors as Ian McShane and Bob Hoskins).
Snow White and the Huntsman really does look like more than just an ordinary rehashing of an old fable that just about everyone of a certain age knows by heart. Or, rather, as the new TV spot (see below) puts it, 'This is not a fairy tale."
The one complaint that people have voiced (ad nauseum, to put it mildly) about Snow White and the Huntsman is that they have little confidence in Stewart's ability to pull off the role of Miss White - to say nothing about the constant digs regarding whether or not Stewart can be considered "fairer" than Theron in any sort of reality. Of course, that talk seems to miss out on one of the central themes of the Snow White story (inner vs. outer beauty) - and how the Magic Mirror clearly specifies that Snow White is "destined" to surpass her step-mother in looks one day - but, moving on...
Stewart's non-Twilight roles (see: Welcome to the Rileys, The Runaways, etc.) are proof that she's a capable enough actress to pull off a more feisty, self-dependent and overall "modern" version of Snow White. Besides, even if you really cannot disassociate Stewart from her Bella Swan persona, there looks to be more than enough eye candy in SWATH to keep your attention focused elsewhere.
Snow White and the Huntsman arrives in theaters around the U.S. on June 1st, 2012.
Source: Universal Pictures
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